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This beautiful beaux arts structure is home to the San Francisco Opera.
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301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4589
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Really is Mecca for any number of outstanding events. While it is historical, it is so lovely and welcoming.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kerry D
Reviewed June 27, 2019

SF Opera House, company..orchestra is the best! They have really improved over the years and this season, 2019..with Rusalka was magical. The dining options are great too, especially the main restaurant. You need to make reservations, always packed! I was able to be seated, solo..15min...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

Growing up in the bay area, I have fond memories of elegant performances of Opera and Ballet in this beautiful place. The lower level bathrooms are reminders of a gracious era of marble and mirrors. The details are everywhere in the Opera House, the lighting,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 7, 2019

The War Memorial Opera House is located across from City Hall and is 1 of 3 buildings that makes up the San Francisco Performing Arts Complex. The interior design of the building is breathtaking and a fitting venue for the San Francisco Opera and Ballet....More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed March 4, 2019

The Opera House is just as magical as I remember it. My mom took my siblings and I to SF Ballet perfomances a few times a year (Nutcracker, Swan Lake & Cinderella to name a few). I now take my grand daughter to the Nutcracker...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed February 20, 2019

The Opera House is massive and grand.It is home to a great opera company and a great ballet company. Seats are expensive and you don't always get what you pay for, For example, the Orchestra level is not as well sloped as in some other...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 28, 2019

It was such a colorful and magic ballet experience. The costumes and dancers will capture you. Yuri Possokhov i Don Quixote. You will feel the flavor of Spain.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 9, 2019

I live in San Francisco and attend the opera frequently. The house itself is truly a beautiful, glorious building having been carefully restored to its original 1932 glory after the 1989 earthquake. The handicap access, restrooms, and general access have improved greatly. Two things of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

I use to do the Operas as a actor back in 2000 and 2001 . I needed this opera House in my life back then as a place where I could escape to . I got away from my negative job as a limo driver...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

The opera house is simply beautiful. We saw the SF Ballet Nutcracker performance here in December and what a treat. The architecture and detail in the interior is stunning. So much detail and so many features to take in. The venue is spacious and a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz
center offer year round entertainment within the
shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold
tipped dome of City Hall.
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January 17, 2017|
Response from BigSarge03 | Reviewed this property |
Row D will be very close to the stage. You'll be looking up a bit. Row O will be back further and look more straight onto the stage. Hope that helps.
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September 25, 2016|
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Response from Jan M | Reviewed this property |
That I don't know. In the group I signed up for, there were between 10 and 15 people, if I remember right. If you want to pursue it further, you may search for SFOpera backstage tours